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ENRICO FAGONE
DOUBLE BASS PLAYER & CONDUCTOR 

“[….]He has been defined by classical music specialized press one of the most promising musicians at international level and one of the best double bass plauers in the world, in spite of his early age,  the quality and extent of Enrico Fagone’s musical experiences (ranging from Martha Argerich to POP music) I am determined to back this statement[….]”. Z.G.CDT  18-03-2010. 

 He graduated cum laude at the conservatory ‘Giuseppe Nicolini’ of Piacenza (Italy) with Mº Leonardo Colonna and completed his studies with internationally renowned masters including among others Franco Petracchi  and Klaus Stoll (Berliner Philharmoniker).

Enrico Fagone devoted himself also to  study  Orchestral Conducting, He studied at the  "Claudio Abbado" civic school in Milan, and completed his studies with the internationally renowned professor Jorma Panula.

Since his childhood, he won important national and international double-bass competitions including Double bass Competition «Werther Benzi», and 2nd price at International Competition for string instruments TIM  (Torneo Internazionale Musicale).  
He also won the double-bass open competition organized by the theatre Teatro Regio di Torino, open competition for the first double bass soloist of the Orchestra della Svizzera Italiana and open competition for double bass professor at the Musikhochschule in Lugano – Switzerland.

 He performs  in the biggest festivals of chamber music, collaborating with Martha Argerich, Vladimir Ashkenazy, Mischa Maisky, Vadim Repin, Ivry Gitlis, Michael Guttman, Boris Belkin, Trio di Parma, Quartetto Modigliani etc.

He recorded for the  record labels EMI, Deutsche Grammophon, Warner  (Carnival of the animals-by  Saint-Saens Chamber music version with Martha Argerich&friends) and  Stradivarius ("Bottesini duets”)  which has received  many acknowledgements. 

Highly esteemed and passionate performer, he is regularly invited as double bass soloist  or/and Conductor all over the world, accompanied by several orchestras such as National Youth Strings-England, Dallas Symphony, Napa Valley Simphony,  Mendelsshon Chamber Orchestra,  I Cameristi del Maggio Musicale Fiorentino,  Orchestra di  Padova e del Veneto,  Orchestra della Svizzera Italiana, Chamber Orchestra of Rosario, National Orchestra  of Paraguay, I Musici di Parma,   Italian Ensemble-Teatro Bellini of Catania,  Orchestra Filarmonica Italiana,  I Virtuosi Italiani etc 

There are many  composers who wrote for the Double bass of Enrico Fagone as Luis Bacalov (Oscar Award for the Film “The Postman”).Teppo Hauta-aho, Jorge Bosso,  Raffaele Bellafronte, Lamberto Curtoni and Leonardo Presicci.

He is the Principal Double-bass soloist of the Orchestra della Svizzera and also collaborated with orchestras like the Filarmonica della Scala di Milano, Luzerner Sinfonieorchester, Festival Strings Lucerne, Sinfonica Nazionale della RAI, Accademia Nazionale di Santa Cecilia, Teatro dell’Opera di Roma, Solisti Veneti,  NHK of Tokyo etc. with  Conductors such as Lorin Mazeel, Claudio Abbado,  Myun-Whun Chung, Christian Thielemann , Nello Santi etc.

 He is a professor at the Conservatorio (Musikhochschule) della Svizzera Italiana in Lugano, Switzerland and He regularly holds Courses and Master Classes in several countries in  the most important University in the World such as  Juilliard school of New york, Manhattan school of Music, Royal College of Music of  London, IUNA of Buenos Aires, Royal Danish Academy, Toho Gakuen of Tokio, Conservatoire supérieur de  Paris  CNSMDP.   His passion for the instrument and the pedagogy lead him to focus on the practice and the professional implementing of the two main bow techniques for the double bass,  the so called ‘french bow’ and ‘german bow’.

Enrico Fagone devoted himself also to  study  Orchestral Conducting, He studied at the  "Claudio Abbado" civic school in Milan, and completed his studies with the internationally renowned professor Jorma Panula.

About him : 
“Enrico Fagone is an extraordinary musician! Martha Argerich

“What a joy it was to perform with fantastic Enrico Fagone!  A true artist.” Vadim Repin

“Enrico Fagone  tackles head on the incredibly difficult works of Giovanni Bottesini, displaying in agility on the fingerboard that deals comfortably with the fiendishly difficult outer of the B minor concerto”. The Strad 

Enrico Fagone plays double bass of the Italian luthier Pietro Pallotta (1780) and the prestigious Gasparo da Salò (1590).

Since 2010 he is Ambassador of the Martha Argerich Presents Project in the world and and since 2015 he became Artistic Director of renowned International double bass competition Giovanni Bottesini.





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[..A few notes suffice to become enthralled by the charming sound of the double bass, particularly if played by a soloist like Enrico Fagone, as at last night’s concert in Lugano. This artist showed incredible agility on the fingerboard and, above all, great virtuosity in Concert N. 2 by Giovanni Bottesini with the Orchestra della Svizzera Italiana and its conductor, Juraj Valcuha..]
Luca Segalla Radio Review RSI 24 - 03 - 2011


[...the public was easily carried away by four of the seven performers  (of Martha Argerich Presents Project), among them, the brilliant genius of Enrico Fagone stood out, incredibly agile and skilled in taking out sometimes soft, sometimes deep and sometimes dancing legatos of his double bass “speaking” to us with a extremely wide variety of inflexions, and in reaching – thanks to his perfect sense of the rhythm  – an appeasing symbiosis between gesture and sound.  His intense, creative and knowing performance with piano player Gabriele Baldocci has been memorable...]
Stephen Hastings Editor of the Magazine “Musica”:From the Italian Magazine “MUSICA” issued in September 2011 

 


[..At this stage of the soirée, a passionate interlude is a must and is promptly served by Koussevitzky’s music and the double bass solo player Enrico. Bent on his instrument as if he wishes to hug it (he strokes it, he shakes it, he comforts it), spellbound by the melodies of the Concerto for double bass and orchestra op.3 by Serge Koussevitzky. Fagone emphasizes all the qualities of the double bass (with this instrument’s mellow and emotionally powerful sound). After this interlude, highly cheered by the public, Enrico Fagone tackles head on and deals with a virtuosic and incredibly exciting doble by Piazzolla, dragging along both the orchestra and the public, so that the concert hall turns very much into a football stadium..] 
Fabrizio Tassi   Giornale “Libertà” Milano  23 - 09 - 2011


About his last  Cd Giovanni Bottesini duets:

From the Italian Classical Music Magazine “AMADEUS” issued in Sept. 2011
Giovanni Bottesini duets’ CD IS GRANTED A 5 STAR AWARD 
[..Enrico Fagone performs with amazing bravura and great sensitivity of the musical breath, albeit in keeping with a sobriety devoid of any exhibitionistic tone of complacency and with a self-possessed mastery of his role: the blaze of  virtuosity is fully disclosed as a function of a crystal-clear thought in music…]
Cesare Fertonani


From the Italian Magazine “SUONARE NEWS” issued in May 2011
[..In Giovanni Bottesini duets’ CD, solo players not only master their musical pieces with stunning brightness but also seem to be delighted at doing it..]
Angelo Foletto

 

English Specialized Magazine “THE STRAD ” issued in June 2011
[..G.Bottesini composed a series of the most incredibly difficult work for his instrument to demonstrate his vast superiority to all of those around him.  Today they remain a massive challenge, on that Enrico Fagone, principal double bass of the Orchestra della Svizzera Italiana, tackles head on, displaying an agility on the fingerboard that deals comfortably with the fiendishly difficult outer movements of the B minor Concerto..] 
David Danton

 

From the Italian Magazine “CLASSIC VOICE” issued in August 2011
Giovanni Bottesini duets’ CD IS GRANTED A 5 STAR AWARD 
[.. Nice Cd devoted to the “Paganini of the double bass”]
[..Excellent young performers ..]
Giancarlo Cerisola

 

From the Italian Magazine “MUSICA” issued in May 2011
Giovanni Bottesini duets’ CD IS GRANTED A 5 STAR AWARD 
[..the CD’s program opens up with the Secondo Concerto for double bass and orchestra, performed with extreme beauty of sound and intonation by the solo player Enrico Fagone..] [.. The impeccability of the technical quality of his performance being unquestionable, what really amazes is the great musical quality of his masterly interpretation..]
Riccardo Cassani

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